ECA(SA) Presidential Excellence Awards 2016

July 29th, 2016, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Vector


10We have come to that time of the year where the ECA(SA) encourages its members to join its winning team. This year’s Presidential Excellence Awards will once again be held at Emperors Palace, a place so synonymous with the realisation of dreams.

This prestigious event will take place on 17 November 2016. Last year, the ECA had an overwhelming number of entries and all judges were unanimous in that the level of excellence in the entries submitted has truly lived up to this event’s name.

Completing the entry form

The entry form provides details about the project which the judges need to allocate entries to the correct categories. Entrants are reminded to keep these details in mind. It is not enough to just submit an entry. Entries must be supported by the appropriate documentation, depending on the category.

Most categories call for the submission of photos. Should electrical contractors enter more than one category, they must ensure that the relevant photos are submitted with their entries and labelled clearly. This will ensure ease of adjudication and save time. The categories this year are as follows:

  • Installation of the Year – Industrial.
  • Installation of the Year – Residential (Houses).
  • Installation of the Year – Residential (Complexes).
  • Installation of the Year – Office Blocks.
  • Installation of the Year – Hotels and Hospitals.
  • Installation of the Year – Retail and Shopping Centres.
  • Energy Efficiency Award.
  • Reticulation Contractor of the Year.
  • Apprentice of the Year: Male.
  • Apprentice of the Year: Female.
  • Woman-owned Business of the Year.
  • National Safety Award.
  • Special Innovative Projects Award.
  • Regional Excellence Award.

Format for sending entries

Entries will be accepted as hard copies. They can be posted or sent by courier to either to the ECA(SA) National Office, P.O. Box 9683, Edenglen, 1613, or to 91 Newton Road, Meadowdale Extension 2, Germiston, 1401. Entrants may also use Google Drive or Dropbox and share their submission with

Entries from outside the RSA

The question of whether projects undertaken outside the South African borders may be submitted was asked a number of times last year. A sizable number of ECA members have undertaken projects in other African countries, from Botswana to Tanzania and even Madagascar. Some of these projects have been submitted for entry, and will continue to be accepted from our members.

Terms and conditions of entry

  • Only member firms of the ECA may submit projects or nominations, unless otherwise invited.
  • The project or relevant stage of the project forming the subject of the submission must have been completed satisfactorily for the use by the owner not more than one year prior to the due date for submission.
  • The judges reserve the right to cancel any of the categories due to insufficient entries or for any other reason, and the decision of the judging panel is final. All results will be audited by the ECA’s auditors.
  • Details of each entry will be published in an industry-specific magazine which will be distributed at the awards ceremony.
  • The information received by the organisers may be submitted in its entirety to the publisher of the industry-specific magazine for inclusion in the publication and entrants should be mindful of submitting information that might be regarded as sensitive or confidential as it will be placed in the public domain. If you do not want the information to be published, do not submit it unless submission is an adjudication criterion.
  • Entrants are reminded that the information they submit will be accepted verbatim by the publishers and should therefore be checked and approved by all parties prior to submission.
  • Entrants should be aware that their information will undergo an editing process to be accommodated within the pages of the magazine, as well as in the script of the awards presentation.

Administrating this event has been both challenging and rewarding. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my assistance to all electrical contractors, where possible. If I cannot assist, I will try my best to find somebody who can.

Florence Mabena, Secretary of the ECA National Marketing Committee

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